OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A judge in Dale County has granted a change in the time that the bond hearing in the Coley McCraney will take place, and the judge is also requesting that lawyers shorten the time of the scheduled hearing.

Last week, Coley McCraney requested a bond after being behind bars for three years and now the time has changed so that lawyers will have their chance to make their case.

McCraney is accused of killing Tracie Hewlett and JB Beasley in 1999 and was arrested as a suspect for their murders in 2019.

McCraney’s trial was supposed to take place this month but was moved to a later date because they were unable to seat enough jurors.

The judge scheduled a bond hearing in McCraney’s case to take place on September 8th at 9 a.m. and now the hearing will still take place on September 8th, but at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon because McCraney’s attorney has cases that day in Geneva County during the morning hours

In the request from McCraney’s attorneys, they said that the bond hearing will take a couple of hours.

Judge William Filmore in his response says that this is a bond hearing and is not the trial and asked the defense to reduce the time of the hearing.

The new court calendar will also become available next month for 2023 so that lawyers and the judge can possibly schedule a trial date for McCraney as the 2022 calendar was already booked for the rest of the year when the trial date was continued just a couple of weeks ago.

OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — An Ozark man who is accused of killing two Northview High School girls is requesting a bond to be set.

Coley McCraney is accused of killing Tracie Hawlett and JB Beasley in 1998 and was arrested as a suspect for their murders in 2019.

Now, after having his jury trial continued to a later date after they could not seat enough jurors

McCraney and his attorneys are asking that a bond be set in his case.

McCraney has been behind bars for more than three years, after his case has been moved due to a variety of reasons including: the COVID-19 pandemic.

The judge will hear this issue during a hearing on September 8th in the Dale County courthouse at 9 a.m.

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